Following our articles about US airports fingerprinting foreign passengers, and about a teenage boy in USA whose life was endangered when a security agent opened his sterile feeding tube at the airport, here comes more disturbing news from the “free world”. US customs now have the right to seize your laptop, your iPod or your hard drive, even if they have no reason to do so. They can take it elsewhere, for an unlimited amount of time, and can copy the content and share the data with other agencies or private entities. Books, letters and any written documents can also be seized.
The official source document can be found here.
So, you’ve been warned! If you are not boycotting the USA yet or if you really have to go there, make backups of your data, take only what you need, and send yourself an email (or use an online backup system) so that you can download private information from there. Any terrorist with just the one cell in his brain would do the same, which clearly shows that the issue has nothing to do with security.